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Cranberry Bogs |7 Wonders of Fall

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


Cranberry Bogs |7 Wonders of Fall
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Cranberry BogIt’s not often that a farmer’s hard work brings tour buses filled with camera-toting visitors, or families with children, or those who yearn for autumn beauty. But when cranberry farmers in southeastern Massachusetts, Down East Maine, and parts of Rhode Island bring in their crops in September and October and into November, they know they have company.

The fields are composed of sand and peat, and on their own wouldn’t interest most people–but when the berries ripen on the vines, the landscape is flooded till a sea of crimson spreads across it, and the harvest begins. Wherever the eye looks–heading west from Plymouth, Massachusetts, say, down Seven Hills Road and out Federal Furnace Road, or along Routes 106 and 44, or south on 58, through Carver, Wareham, and Middleborough, through Kingston, Plympton, and Halifax–it’s a sight to remember.

A number of farmers welcome visitors, and some even let you close to the bogs. Many will pause in their work–as generations before them have–to talk bogs and berries.

Follow the crimson path at the annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham, Massachusetts, on Columbus Day weekend 2015.;

Looking for a place to stay in cranberry country? Here’s a B&B located on a bog:
On Cranberry Pond, Middleborough, MA. 508-946-0768;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Mel Allen


Mel Allen


Mel is the fifth editor of Yankee Magazine since its beginning in 1935. His career at Yankee spans more than three decades, during which he has edited and written for every section of the magazine, including home, food, and travel. In his pursuit of stories, he has raced a sled dog team, crawled into the dens of black bears, fished with the legendary Ted Williams, picked potatoes in Aroostook County, and stood beneath a battleship before it was launched. Mel teaches magazine writing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is author of A Coach’s Letter to His Son. His column, “Here in New England,” is a 2012 National City and Regional Magazine Awards Finalist for the category Column.

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